web analytics

Nick Smith on housing then and now

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, June 11th, 2015 - 66 comments
Categories: health, housing, national - Tags: , ,

national-housing-WOFHere (ht Brian Rudman) is Nick Smith in 2013:

HOUSING WOF TO BE DEVELOPED AND TRIALLED

The Government is to develop a Housing Warrant of Fitness system and trial it on Housing New Zealand properties, Housing Minister Nick Smith says.

“There are real gains for the health, safety, and welfare of New Zealanders, particularly children and the elderly, from having a better standard of housing,” he says.

“This year, the Government is going to develop a Warrant of Fitness with the support of a Rental Housing Standards Forum.

“The Government needs to first get its own house in order. That is why the Housing Warrant of Fitness will firstly apply to the 69,000 Housing New Zealand properties.

“It is also intended that the Housing WoF will then be extended to other social housing providers. The WoF may be further extended to other rental property where the Government is providing a housing subsidy.

“The new standard will ensure tenants can live in warm, dry, safe, and healthy homes. The WoF will complement the Government’s insulation programme which has seen around 215,000 homes insulated since 2009. Housing NZ is also on track to have insulated all of its homes capable of being insulated by the end of this year. …

That Nick Smith sounds sensible and compassionate, the sort of politician you can vote for. Here is Nick Smith in 2015:

Today’s Nick Smith sounds – well – unpleasant. Shades of Key’s promise to fix “the underclass”, that never happened either. Has National ever kept a constructive sounding social policy promise?

66 comments on “Nick Smith on housing then and now”

  1. tracey 1

    Is the government divesting itself of State Houses so it can never be held accountable for the deaths or illnesses of any of its tenants in the future?

  2. Charles 2

    “People dying in winter of pneumonia and other illnesses is not new.”

    Oh dear me Nick, yes, you’re right. Then again, government ministers careers being cut-short isn’t unusual either, winter or summer. Sometimes whole cities are reduced to rubble during a winter. Not unusual. Sometimes, in Italy, horrible things happened in the Spring. Much later, during a Berlin summer, wonderful things happened. Nothing is unusual Nick. Try to stay positive, old bean, wouldn’t want to catch a cold.

  3. Marvellous Bearded Git 3

    Smith seems to be adopting this approach:

    He was in Queenstown bullshitting yesterday about how wonderful special housing areas are, where in fact they drive a coach and horses through the District Plan and the local council had land/housing zoning under control already.

    • Molly 3.1

      Yes, the SHA’s completely undermine any planning intentions of cohesive city planning.

      They are decided on during Local Board meetings close to the public, and it means the influence of local noteables on political representatives is much stronger.

      SHA’s are the Clayton’s of intended planning.

      • Marvellous Bearded Git 3.1.1

        And in the Queenstown Lake District Council’s case the council’s CEO happens to be a major stakeholder in one area proposed as a SHA. Funny that. (Apologies for being off-topic here)

        • tracey 3.1.1.1

          can you set out the dots that prove that connection for us?

          • Marvellous Bearded Git 3.1.1.1.1

            @tracey This from the ODT 29th May 2014. Go to odt.co.nz and search “Feeley” to see other info.

            “The Auditor-General will investigate a special housing area bid by Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive Adam Feeley’s family trust.
            Arrowtown Village Association acting chairman Wayne Hulls is now calling for the proposal to be pulled from consideration at this coming Wednesday’s council meeting.

            The inquiry was confirmed by the Auditor-General’s office this morning.

            Spokesman Mike Heine said: “In May, we received several requests from people in the Queenstown Lakes District to inquire into the chief executive’s interest in land owned by his family being considered for a special housing area, including any involvement he had in developing the housing accord and the council’s policy before he declared an interest.

            “The requests raise issues of trust and confidence in council processes, and issues about how council officers can participate in those processes as members of the community.”

  4. keith ross 4

    I think one of the main problems is the price of electricity. We can all afford heaters but many can’t afford to run them. Considering that I paid high tax in earlier decades to build infrastructure that produces electricity at a price any country would dream of. (the hydro dams) Why do we have to pay some of the highest prices in the developed world for electricity? Do we have to make a profit off everything that the govt does? And how much profit is really acceptable for an essential life giving service?

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      “Why do we have to pay some of the highest prices in the developed world for electricity? ”

      So the owners of the electricity companies can afford to build new generation plants.

      • tracey 4.1.1

        So the owners of the electricity companies can afford to build new generation plants and return healthy dividends to their shareholders

        FIFY

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.2

        Except that, when it comes down to it, the same thing will happen as happened with fibre to the home – the government will end up paying for the new plant while the new private owners get to reap the profits.

    • tracey 4.2

      I think some people genuinely cannot conceptualise the notion that someone can’t afford content insurance, or health insurance or, heaters and heating. And yet increasingly…

      • Chch_chiquita 4.2.1

        I have just paid $500 worth of electricity for the month and on top of that there will be the cost of wood for the log burner, and I have an insulated home with an HRV system that keeps it dry. You don’t need to be a maths genius to make the calculation that someone on minimum wage simply can not afford this.

        • tracey 4.2.1.1

          But you do have to have the ability to

          a. imagine people liv ein circumstances that are different from your own; and
          b. give a shit

      • Draco T Bastard 4.2.2

        Yep, see that in my social circles. I’m constantly having to explain to the comfortably well off that low income people just can’t afford that which they take for granted.

        • tracey 4.2.2.1

          sadly, many of my circle then respond by saying they should.
          a. get a job if they are bludging beneficiary
          b. upskill to get a better job

          • john 4.2.2.1.1

            It may be harsh, but that’s just reality.

            If people think they can get a significant rise in income, but not change what they are doing, then they are mistaken.

            Perhaps if they wait another 43 years another government might be generous enough to add another $25 a week to benefits.

            Technology improvements means there are fewer and fewer low skilled jobs.

            So the only choice is to get skilled. No government (left or right) will ever be able to afford to do anything more than tinker with benefits.

            Waiting for someone else to improve your life is totally futile.

            • freedom 4.2.2.1.1.1

              “Perhaps if they wait another 43 years another government might be generous enough to add another $25 a week to benefits.”

              Only those beneficiaries with kids get the increase and it does not even start till April 2016 and what the new funding adds is simply taken away when increased childcare costs, reduced accommodation assistance and the very real expenses of looking for work are factored in. The few coins that might be left over make no real difference to these people’s lives when you consider inconvenient details like climbing power prices, rent increases and simpler factors like how milk has broken $3 a litre.

              If you did not already know that the greatest number of beneficiaries, that is Jobseekers without children, are not getting any increase at all then you simply show how you swallowed the spin without applying any critical thinking. If you did know the difference then you are simply being disingenuous with your comment.

              So which is it?
              Are you ignorantly regurgitating misinformation, or just being deceitful?

              • happynz

                simpler factors like how milk has broken $3 a litre.

                Yikes! New Zealand milk imported here to Malaysia is cheaper than in the country of origin.

                Oh man! Am I ever having second thoughts about repatriating later this year.

              • john

                Thanks for reiterating my point – waiting for someone ELSE to improve your life is totally futile.

                • freedom

                  Please explain how my calling out your statement translates to
                  “waiting for someone ELSE to improve your life.”

                  If working hard and doing nothing but your very best was the secret to being wealthy, I would be. None of that however has any bearing on your using incorrect information on a blog post.

                  • john

                    You point out that the biggest rise in benefits that any government has given in 43 years, makes next to no difference. I agree.

                    Therefore waiting for a government to make big financial improvements to your life is totally futile – you have to do it yourself.

                    • freedom

                      No, the new work compliance conditions and the associated claws-backs the Government engineered for those receiving the increase mean the increase makes next to no difference.

                      But I am guessing you choose to believe government press releases describing rainbows and butterflies, rather than consider for a minute the real world difficulties facing tens of thousands of kiwis.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      How about a government that doesn’t destroy wealth and ruin people’s lives with hateful employment policies and no health and safety?

                      Yeah, that sounds preferable.

            • Chch_chiquita 4.2.2.1.1.2

              But the government has the ability to make sure power prices are affordable, and has the ability to make sure housing is affordable, and good healthcare is affordable.
              In my business I see many people with a job that are struggling. They are all good, hard working people that simply work in low skill jobs. Society needs these people. We can’t all be managers.

              • john

                We have a shortage of skilled workers.

                And more unskilled workers than unskilled jobs.

                And technology means there will be fewer and fewer unskilled jobs.

                • dv

                  ” We have a shortage of skilled workers.
                  Thus the price for skilled worker will rise and the shortage will be solved!!!

                  • john

                    Not necessarily. Demand can go up faster than increases in supply.

                    And often companies need “experienced” skilled workers – something that can take years or even decades to produce from scratch.

                    • dv

                      So are you saying we need planning.

                    • john

                      Yes – we need to have variable rates for university qualifications so qualifications like Law get less subsidy (60% of Law graduates can’t get work in Law).

                      And qualifications like engineering have bigger subsidies.

                      Recently the govt brought in information for students on the likelihood of getting work with around 50 different qualifications.

                      That’s a good step, but it also needs to be incentivised to stop people wasting thousands of their own dollars, twice as many taxpayer dollars (as the taxpayer pays for 2/3 of university fees) and years of their life, getting qualifications that are of little use to them.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      And often companies need “experienced” skilled workers – something that can take years or even decades to produce from scratch.

                      And what our companies and government used to support creating but no longer do. For some strange reason our government and managers believe that they can just hire those sorts of people without putting in the effort to create them. Hence we see government and employers cutting back on education and training.

                    • McFlock

                      only a fucking moron thinks that an education is of little use.

                      And even if you were moronic enough to think that the income derived from working in the exact discipline one was educated in was the same as the utility of that education, obviously the Arts graduates whom Bob Jones preferred to hire got little use from their degree 🙄

            • Draco T Bastard 4.2.2.1.1.3

              It may be harsh, but that’s just reality.

              No, that’s your belief. The reality is that the government has been cutting back on people being able to upskill, jobs no longer upskill as they used to and the economy isn’t developing enough to require the amount of upskilling needed anyway.

              Technology improvements means there are fewer and fewer low skilled jobs.

              Actually, it’s pretty much the other way around. Technology pretty much destroys high skilled jobs by making them obsolete. We then compound the problem by not replacing them more high skilled jobs but low skilled jobs in the service sector and those types of jobs require large numbers of people willing to pay for the service which means lots of people with high paid jobs.

              No government (left or right) will ever be able to afford to do anything more than tinker with benefits.

              We don’t want the government to tinker with benefits, we want them to work with us to develop our economy. Something that the government stopped doing 30 years ago and the result has been increased inequality and increasing poverty in this land of plenty.

              • Molly

                +100. Thanks Draco.

              • john

                Draco says “Actually, it’s pretty much the other way around. Technology pretty much destroys high skilled jobs by making them obsolete.”

                Nonsense. Gone are all the typing pools, road gangs, rail gangs, and factory jobs of decades past.

                Today a car is made with just 30 hours of worker input – it used to take 350 hours.

                Technology is now replacing checkout operators, bank tellers, posties, and you can even buy an automatic burger maker now.

                Driverless cars are already possible, as is drone delivery of pizzas, books etc.

                Over 60% of businesses are reporting skill shortages. And unskilled can’t get work.

                Which all disproves your claim.

                • Colonial Rawshark

                  Corporate elites are creating an economy which doesn’t need people, and where most consumers are too poor to buy their products and services, especially when the financial system acts as a parasite on their backs.

                  McDonalds is trialling fully automated tellers and restaurant production systems around the world but they are also suffering 12 straight months of global sales declines.

                  No surprise when you’ve fired all your workers and people don’t even have the income to afford a $2 hamburger.

                  No wonder the western economic system has been struggling through a crappy malaise for years, with no end in sight. But hey that’s “progress.”

                  • john

                    A system where people are paid for doing work, works infinitely better better that a system where people think they deserve to get paid for doing nothing.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      True so why are you supportive of the present system which is predicated on the idea of a few getting rich off of other peoples work but who do no work themselves?

                    • dukeofurl

                      Well the Germans would disagree.

                      Since the GFC they have the Kurzarbeitergeld system where workers go on shorter hours but the government has topped up the pay, for up to 24 months.

                      Key kicked it around for a bit when he first became PM, especaiily for his crony capitalism mates. But he was easily distracted by other shiny things

                    • Colonial Rawshark

                      A system where people are paid for doing work, works infinitely better better that a system where people think they deserve to get paid for doing nothing.

                      That’s why NZ needs to consider a guaranteed employment scheme. A proper employment contract job at the minimum wage for anyone who wants full time or half time work, they get it. Guaranteed.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Gone are all the typing pools, road gangs, rail gangs, and factory jobs of decades past.

                  When the fibre was put in to the local cabinet a couple of years ago it was done by a road gang. Same as when the new rail line was put in it was done by a rail gang. Sure, it didn’t have the same numbers of people involved but it still required the gang.

                  Technology is now replacing checkout operators, bank tellers, posties, and you can even buy an automatic burger maker now.

                  So the low tech service jobs are going and are being replaced by a high tech low skill job which uses less people. Yes, keeping that automated burger maker filled with food and cleaned is a low skill job. Don’t believe me? Go buy a bread maker and make some bread with it and tell me just how much skill was required.

                  Over 60% of businesses are reporting skill shortages.

                  And, interestingly enough, when there’s actually an abundance of skilled practitioners available. I know this because of the supposed skill shortage a couple of years ago that was used to import foreign builders into Christchurch. There was plenty of unemployed builders available in NZ but they weren’t willing to work for less than it cost.

                  Basically, a large number of businesses are lying so that they can force wages down. And they could always have gone to the effort of training up those people who actually applied for the job as well as the businesses in NZ used to do.

                  • john

                    whatever – deny what’s really happening in the real world at your peril.

                    A real world fact is more people are working in more jobs for more money that ever before.

                    But the real world and real facts don’t fit your cultish doomsday scenario.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      I’m not the one denying what’s happening in the real world – you are.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Does John really not understand that in New Zealand, there are always more people employed under Labour-led governments than under the incompetent party?

                      Is he so blinded by his hatred and bile?

                      Yes, he is.

                    • john

                      These idiots think the 1.72m people employed when Labour was last in, is more than the 1.82 million people employed today in NZ today.

    • Kiwiri 4.3

      “Do we have to make a profit off everything that the govt does?”

      Yes and that has to be societal profit that is paramount, above and beyond corporate profit.

  5. dukeofurl 5

    I see another one of those ‘housing areas’ Smith included in his Grand Design for more housing is not his to sell to the developers

    “Although Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith has touted a 1.4-hectare pocket just across the road from the new Manukau railway station as an ideal site for 60 terraced houses, Auckland Council has discovered it owns much of the site and wants more intensive development there.”

    Penny Hulse kicks Imperator Smith in the goolies with this

    “”There’s no point rushing to put 60 units on the site when you could actually get really good commercial development with commercial yield, plus a lot of well-designed, well-built apartments right next to the railway station.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11463436

    Whats the word _- that comes to mind Omnishambles

    • tracey 5.1

      i think the price to the Government for the 1.4 hectares could be 500m (the amount they don’t want to contribute to the rail loop yet). Supply and demand old chaps.

      • Kiwiri 5.1.1

        if i am an auckland property developer, i would be generously providing facilitation payments to the nats coffers for 2017.

  6. adam 6

    Does beg the questions –

    Do we want the Tory idiots fixing anything?

    Would we not be better to start fixing these things without them?

    • Treetop 6.1

      The Torys are good at wrecking stuff and not having a plan to fix it when it comes to the most vulnerable inparticular. For every state home taken away, a new one needed to have been built, just to not have gone backwards.

      The 2017 election cannot come quick enough for me.

  7. Treetop 7

    “People dying in winter of pneumonia and other illnesses is not new.”

    It is obvious which people are getting respiratory illnesses. The ones in a cold home would OUT NUMBER the ones in a warm home. Over crowding exacerbates the spread of viral and bacterial illness as well.

    Smith may as well be saying, the government are not prepared to prevent avoidable deaths which are associated with a person living in a cold home because they cannot afford to heat it.

    It would be cheaper for a dhb to pay for a sick persons electricty compared to a hospital admission.

    Dying from pneumonia is an awful death.

  8. Brutus Iscariot 8

    Nick Smith is 100% right though. The problem is people who have no idea how to look after themselves or keep up a household properly, so wallow in squalor.

    Being cold in winter is not new.

    My father-in-law grew up on a farm down in the Hunua. In winter they had to layer newspaper between blankets for extra heat. Hot showers and all that were unheard of.

    Just put on more clothes FFS, we don’t live in Finland. Mould can be cleaned, and houses aired.

    • Chch_chiquita 8.1

      If you have Asthma the cold air you breath will have an effect on it. No amount of layers will help and your condition will only get worse.
      Winter is cold. Outside. It shouldn’t be cold inside as well.
      In Africa they don’t have clean water. Maybe we should make sure we don’t have clean water too?

    • dukeofurl 8.2

      OMG. A swivel eyed loon!

    • happynz 8.3

      My father-in-law grew up on a farm down in the Hunua. In winter they had to layer newspaper between blankets for extra heat. Hot showers and all that were unheard of.

      That was your father-in-law’s life. Fast forward to winter 2015. Do you layer newspapers between your blankets? I reckon not. I’d wager you don’t lack for hot showers either.

      Man, I get so weary of the meme of “Our poor aren’t poor. Look, they got shoes and shit…”

    • Treetop 8.4

      How fortunate to have grown up on a farm, (not having to shift about and fresh meat to and land for a vege plot).

      Back then people had coppers to boil water and open fire places, (with enough wood on the land to fuel the copper and fire place). Farming back then was profitable and blankets could have been purchased or shorn wool from the sheep made into a duvet or a wool rest made from sheep skins. The cost of electricity was affordable, not like now.

      Most people live in cities and city living is not country/rural living. Unless a person has enough to live on, they may wallow in squalor.

      How much income do you think people need to not wallow in squalor?

      Do you really think that people have no idea on how to look after themselves?

      • Colonial Rawshark 8.4.1

        No trouble to stay warm with a 6kW heatpump blasting away 24 hours a day.

    • Kiwiri 8.5

      Being cold in winter is not new.
      Newspaper is not new.
      Blankets are not new.
      “More clothes” is not new.
      Even Finland is not new.
      Mould is not new.
      Airing houses is not new.

      Ok, hot showers are new.
      “And all that” is new too.

      hat tip:
      http://bryanbruce.co.nz/feature/inequality/not-new-government-spin-language

    • b waghorn 8.6

      Cold blooded right wingers not understanding for one minute that its there greed that’s causes misery. IS NOT NEW

  9. Jim in Tokyo 9

    I’d love to know the figures for NZ; I’ve checked the study cited and we’re not mentioned. I’d guess it’s bad though, really bad.

    “As we shiver through the first weeks of winter, here’s a fact to give you goosebumps: more people die from the cold in Australia than in Sweden. According to a new study published in medical journal The Lancet, cold contributed to about 3.9 per cent of deaths in Sweden, but 6.5 per cent in Australia.”

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/australian-houses-are-just-glorified-tents-in-winter-20150610-ghj2ox

  10. Tracey 10

    I wonder if some of the people at HNZ are quietly pleased the government is having the light shone on them? Because they can start doing the right thing with families and state houses?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/69316404/state-home-pulled-off-the-market-for-marnia

    On the radio this morning I think I heard Bennett answering a question about cold, damp homes by saying it was the fault of lack of housing supply – which sound slike she has confused housing affordability in Auckland with Government responsibility to make sure its tenants are warm and dry.

    I may have misunderstood her.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Government drives low-emissions transport momentum
    Up to 110 new EV chargers nationwide in cities and regions 50 electric vehicles for ride-sharing The Government is helping deliver more infrastructure and options for low emissions transport through new projects, Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods says. Tauranga, Nelson, Levin, New Plymouth and Oamaru are just some ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Kiwis better off under Coalition Government
    New Zealanders are increasingly better off under this Government as wages rise and families have more disposable income, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ reported today that average household disposable incomes after housing costs rose 4.9% in 2019. This was the highest rise in four years and came as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Another step towards restoring rights for screen production workers
    All New Zealanders need to have their voices heard at work to ensure we have an inclusive and productive economy. Today we introduce a Bill to do this for workers in the New Zealand screen industry, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The Screen Industry Workers Bill will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Enhanced Taskforce Green for Southland and South Otago
    The Government has announced further help for the Southland and Otago regions to speed up recovery efforts from the floods.  “I’ve approved Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG), making $500,000 available to help with the clean-up in Fiordland, Southland, and the Clutha district in Otago,” Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni said.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Employers and Industry take the lead to connect students to vocational education
    Following the announcement that more than 340 schools will be funded to run events promoting vocational education, the Government has announced it will fund a further 257 events to be run by employers and industry. “These industry-run events will allow more than 30,000 students to connect with more than 2,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rental reforms a step closer with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill
    Today the Government is making progress on a fairer and more secure rental market for renters and landlords with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill in Parliament.  “This Bill includes a series of reforms to improve the wellbeing of the 609,700 households that live in rented homes, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Biosecurity Minister announces world first eradication of pea weevil
    A Government programme to wipe out pea weevil has achieved a world first, with Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor today announcing the successful eradication of the noxious pest from Wairarapa. This means the nearly four-year ban on pea plants and pea straw was lifted today. Commercial and home gardeners can again grow ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for Southland flooding
    Southland residents hit by flooding caused by heavy rainfall can now access help finding temporary accommodation with the Government activating the Temporary Accommodation Service, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare announced today. “The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to help ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bridges: Over-hyped and under-delivered
    “Is that it?” That’s Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s response to Simon Bridges’ much-hyped economic speech today. “Simon Bridges just gave the most over-hyped and under-delivered speech that I can remember during my time in politics,” Grant Robertson said. “It’s not surprising. Simon Bridges literally said on the radio this morning ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police to trial eye in the sky in Christchurch
    A trial deployment of the Police Eagle helicopter in Christchurch will test whether the aircraft would make a significant difference to crime prevention and community safety. “The Bell 429 helicopter will be based in Christchurch for five weeks, from 17 February to 20 March,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Momentum of trade talks continues with visits to promote Pacific and Middle East links
    The Government has kept up the pace of its work to promote New Zealand’s trade interests and diversify our export markets, with visits to Fiji and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker. Building momentum to bring the PACER Plus trade and development agreement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Coalition Govt’s investment in Customs nets record drugs haul: 3 tonnes stopped at borders in 2019
    The Coalition Government’s investment in a strong border and disrupting transnational organised crime produced record results for stopping drugs in 2019, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The illegal drugs were seized at the New Zealand border by Customs, and overseas by Customs’ international border partners before the drugs could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Separated scenic cycleway starts
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off construction of a separated cycleway alongside Tamaki Drive. A two-way separated cycleway will be built along the northern side of Tamaki Drive, between the Quay Street Cycleway extension and Ngapipi Road. There will be a separate walking path alongside. Phil Twyford said giving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Earthquake-Prone Building loan scheme: eligibility criteria announced
    Owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings will have certainty about the financial support they’ll be eligible for with the release of criteria for an upcoming assistance scheme, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. The Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme will help unit owners facing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Travel restrictions to remain in place as coronavirus precaution
    Temporary restrictions on travel from China will remain in place as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The restrictions which prevent foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through, mainland China from entering New Zealand have been extended for a further 8 days. This position ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Over $1 million to help Tairāwhiti youth into employment
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today that Tairāwhiti rangatahi will benefit from an investment made by the Government’s He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) scheme. The funding will go to the Tautua Village, Kauneke programme and the Matapuna Supported Employment Programme which will fund 120 rangatahi over two years. “Both programmes work ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • School attendance has to improve
    All parents and caregivers need to ensure that their children go to school unless they are sick, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin said today. “The school attendance results for 2019 show, across the board, a drop in the number of students going to school regularly,” the Minister says. “Apart from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Crown and Moriori sign a Deed of Settlement
    A Deed of Settlement agreeing redress for historical Treaty claims has been signed by the Crown and Moriori at Kōpinga Marae on Rēkohu (Chatham Islands) today, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced. Moriori have a tradition of peace that extends back over 600 years. This settlement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Waikato Expressway driving towards completion
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today with Māori King Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII officially opened the country’s newest road, the $384 million Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. The 15km four-lane highway with side and central safety barriers takes State Highway 1 east of Huntly town, across lowlands and streams ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 3400 New Zealanders treated in first year of new hepatitis C treatment
    The rapid uptake of life-saving new hepatitis C medicine Maviret since it was funded by PHARMAC a year ago means the elimination of the deadly disease from this country is a realistic goal, Health Minister David Clark says. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus which attacks the liver, proving fatal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Kaupapa Māori approach for homelessness
      Kaupapa Māori will underpin the Government’s new plan to deal with homelessness announced by the Prime Minister in Auckland this morning. “Māori are massively overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness, so, to achieve different outcomes for Māori, we have to do things very differently,” says the Minister of Māori Development ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government steps up action to prevent homelessness
    1000 new transitional housing places delivered by end of year to reduce demand for emergency motel accommodation. Introduce 25% of income payment, after 7 days, for those in emergency motel accommodation to bring in line with other forms of accommodation support. Over $70m extra to programmes that prevents those at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Important step for new financial conduct regime
    Clear requirements for ensuring customers are treated fairly by banks, insurers and other financial service providers are included in new financial conduct legislation that passed its first reading today. “The recent reviews, by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and Reserve Bank of New Zealand, into the conduct of banks and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Applications invited for $7 million Regional Culture and Heritage Fund
    Applications are now open for the fifth round of the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson announced today.   “I am delighted to open this year’s fund which has some $7 million available to support performing arts venues, galleries, museums and whare ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Law Commission appointment celebrates Māori and women
    The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta today congratulated Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu on her appointment as the next President of the Law Commission.  “Amokura Kawharu will be a standout in her new role, leading in an innovative and forward looking approach to the law reform process. She will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu Appointed Law Commission President
    Auckland University legal academic Amokura Kawharu has been appointed as the next President of the Law Commission, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today.    Associate Professor Kawharu will take up her new appointment on 11 May 2020.   “I would like to congratulate Associate Professor Kawharu on her appointment,” Andrew ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister of Employment launches Youth Ready Employer Programme
    A programme for employers to help them engage effectively with younger employees was launched today by Minister of Employment, Willie Jackson. The Youth Ready Employer Programme contains a range of on-line templates that employers can easily access to help with employing and retaining young people in their businesses. The programme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Budget 2020 date announced
    Budget 2020 will be delivered on Thursday 14 May, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “This year’s Budget will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also preparing the economy for the future. “Those challenges and opportunities cannot be resolved in one budget, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s tribute to former Prime Minister Mike Moore
    I move, That this House place on record its appreciation and thanks for the devoted and distinguished service to New Zealand by the late Rt Hon Michael Kenneth Moore, member of the Order of New Zealand, a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, an Honorary Member of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event in Northland
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has today classified the drought conditions in Northland as an adverse event for the primary sector, unlocking $80,000 in Government support. “This is recognition that the extreme and prolonged nature of this dry spell is taking its toll on our farmers and growers and additional support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police disrupt methamphetamine trade
    The Minister of Police says an operation to smash a trans national drug smuggling ring today will make a significant impact on the methamphetamine trade fuelling harm in our communities. Police have announced 10 arrests and the seizure of up to five million dollars’ worth of illicit drugs after an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Crown accounts in good shape to counter global challenges
    The Government’s books are in a strong position to withstand global headwinds, with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the six months to December. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Race courses can improve safety with this year’s second round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. Minister for Racing Winston Peters has announced the second funding round of 2019/20 is open with $347,875 available for distribution. “The racing industry is integral to the economic and social fabric of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Strengthening New Zealand’s Immunisation System
    Hundreds of thousands of young adults will be offered measles vaccinations in a new campaign to strengthen New Zealand’s immunisation system, Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter said at its launch in Auckland today. “About 300,000 young adults aged between 15 and 29 are not fully protected against measles, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government to fund Aids research
    The Government is committing $300,000 to fund research to update behavioural information to make sure HIV and STI prevention services are targeted appropriately in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson made the announcement at today’s Big Gay Out in Auckland. “There is much talk about ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Work to begin on a possible new public media entity
    The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has announced work will begin on a business case to assess the viability of forming a new public media entity.   “The Government must ensure New Zealanders have a strong independent public media service for decades to come, which means ensuring public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government support for communities impacted by flooding
      Minister of Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare announced today that the Government will contribute $100,000 to the Southland regional Mayoral Relief Fund, to support communities impacted by the recent flooding in Southland.  Mr Henare says this week’s flooding has caused significant disruption to communities in the lower South Island.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New grants for seismic strengthening of heritage buildings
    Heritage buildings throughout New Zealand will benefit from the $1.1 million in Heritage EQUIP funding grants announced today. “These grants for seismic strengthening projects help private building owners get the advice they need to start building work or to get the work completed,” Grant Robertson says. “Timaru’s Grosvenor Hotel has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Next level results for game development industry
    A new survey has found New Zealand’s game development sector has grown beyond expectations and is on track to becoming a billion dollar industry in 2025, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford says. “New Zealand’s interactive media sector grew by 42 per cent in last financial year to $203.4 million, according ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • More than 70 marae online through PGF
    Te Tii, the lower marae at Waitangi, is among more than 70 marae now connected to broadband internet thanks to the Provincial Growth Fund’s marae connectivity scheme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said today. In February 2019, the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) allocated $21 million to connect rural towns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago